Johanne’s due date is fast approaching, but the trauma of her previous labour has taken hold of her body. Her daughter Sigrid was born under dramatic circumstances via c-section, which led to mother and daughter being kept separate at the hospital during those first vital hours. Johanne is convinced the separation ruined her daughter’s connection with her and that it has become a permanent damage to their relationship. This time, with the new baby, everything needs to go well.
The family finds out her husband’s great aunt Tilla has passed away. Johanne has never met her, but now her house needs to be cleaned out. Something awakens inside Johanne, and she becomes obsessed with finding out more about Tilla, who isolated herself in her house after becoming a widow and only met people sporadically. Could Johanne end up like that? Is she able to confront herself by mirroring herself up against the lonely life their great aunt led?
Flesh and Blood is a novel about understanding and processing the distance between oneself and one’s closest relations. In Tilla’s life Johanne can see herself and her own fears. She must find new ways to handle and approach what’s awaiting her: the new labour, the new life for their family.
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